May 21, 2022

Ohio: Public Libraries: “New Library Levy Would Double What Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Taxpayers Pay for Library”


Cincinnati’s library board intends to ask Hamilton County taxpayers in May to double what they contribute each year.

The board of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County passed resolutions for the levy on Wednesday during a special session. After facing months of protests, they also promised not to sell the North Building of the Main Library Downtown.

The current levy generates about $17 million each year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $30 annually.

The current levy is a 1-mill levy and the proposed levy would be a separate additional 1-mill levy. It would double the current taxpayer contribution to the library.

Though the official appraisal is not yet complete, the new levy combined with the current levy would raise about $34 million annually for the library and cost the owner of a $100,000 home about between $60 and $70 annually.

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